Despairing Hamilton out of German GP qualifying

Lewis Hamilton cutting a disconsolate figure after his Mercedes car stopped

Lewis Hamilton has agreed a two-year contract extension through to the end of the 2020 Formula One season.

Can Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes bounce back at the German GP?

The 33-year-old Englishman's new contract cements his status as Britain's biggest sporting earner as well as the best-paid driver in Formula One history.

That wasn't his only crime, he declined to attend the stewards meeting to face charges of driving his vehicle on the race track wearing just one glove and using a mobile phone at the same time.

However, clearly still unhappy at missing out on a record sixth home win, the Briton has cast doubt on Ferrari's post-race celebrations at Silverstone suggesting they signify an inherent weakness within the team.

It seems increasingly likely McLaren will have a vacant seat soon with increasing speculation that Fernando Alonso is ready to quit both the team and the sport.

Interestingly, the British Grand Prix took place at a time much of the nation was in near hysteria as the England football team reached the semi-final of the World Cup.

Barring any further grid penalties, a possibility if the gearbox is damaged, he will start 14th on Sunday in what is a home race for his Mercedes team and also Ferrari's Vettel. But he has yet to win after 10 races this season.

Towards the front of the grid there's much speculation about Kimi Raikkonen remaining at Ferrari and his seat being taken by the 20-year-old Charles Leclerc who now drives a Sauber powered by a Ferrari engine.

Raikkonen suits Sebastian Vettel as his wingman.

Valtteri Bottas (right) is said to enjoy a good working relationship with Lewis Hamilton.

"The competitive passion that burns bright inside me is shared by every single member of this group - always chasing the next improvement and digging even deeper to make sure we come out on top", he said. He has finished second four times and is fifth overall, 59 points behind Hamilton and 67 adrift of Vettel.

In what may prove a lasting image of the season, Hamilton slumped by the side of his Mercedes after his auto was wheeled to the side of the track, apparently inconsolable. Woud you bet against him reversing that, though?

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